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Belgium Valerian

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Common Valerian

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Fragrant Valerian

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Garden Heliotrope

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Indian Valerian

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Mexican Valerian

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Pacific Valerian

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Valeriana officinalis

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Valerianae radix

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Valeriana rhizome

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Therapeutic: antianxiety agents


May increase concentrations of the inhibitory CNS transmitter GABA.

Therapeutic effects

Improvement in sleep quality.


Absorption: Unknown.
Distribution: Unknown.
Metabolism and Excretion: Unknown.
Half-life: Unknown.

Time/action profile

PO30–60 min2 hrunknown


Contraindicated in: Pregnancy and lactation.
Use Cautiously in: Alcohol use (may have additive sedative effects); Surgery (discontinue use 2 weeks prior to elective procedures).

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

Central nervous system

  • drowsiness
  • headache


  • dry mouth


  • Benzodiazepine-like withdrawal symptoms with discontinuation after long-term use


Additive CNS depression with alcohol, antihistamines, anesthetic agentssedative hypnotics and other CNS depressants.Alcohol-containing preparations may interact with disulfiram and metronidazole.Additive sedative effects can occur when used with herbal supplements with sedative properties such as kava, l-tryptophan, melatonin, SAMe, and St. John's wort.
Oral (Adults) Tea—1 cup tea 1–5 times daily. Tea is made by steeping 2–3 g root in 150 mL boiling water for 5–10 min then straining. Tincture—1–3 mL 1–5 times daily. Extract—400–900 mg up to 2 hours before bedtime or 300–450 mg divided tid.


Capsules: OTC
Extract: OTC
Tea: OTC
Tincture: OTC

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Assess degree of anxiety and level of sedation prior to and periodically throughout therapy.
  • Assess sleep patterns.
  • Assess response in the elderly population where drowsiness and loss of balance may pose a significant risk for injury.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Anxiety (Indications)
Risk for injury (Side Effects)


  • Take one to two hours before bedtime if used for nighttime hypnotic.
  • Administer orally three to five times daily to control anxiety.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Encourage patients to avoid stimulants such as caffeine and to provide an environment that promotes restful sleep.
  • May cause drowsiness. Caution patient to avoid driving or other activities requiring alertness until response to drug is known.
  • Caution patient to avoid use of alcohol and other medications or herbals that have a sedative effect; may increase drowsiness.
  • Advise patients to discontinue 2 weeks prior to elective surgical procedures.
  • Inform patients not to take this herbal supplement if pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Notify patients that dependence with withdrawal symptoms may develop with prolonged use.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Decreased anxiety level.
  • Improvement in sleep with a feeling of restfulness without drowsiness upon awakening.


a genus of herbaceous plants providing second class forage for livestock. Has a fleshy root containing valeric acid. V. officinalis is used for extraction of commercial valeric acid.
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Antispasmodic effects of Valeriana compounts: An in-vivo and in-vitro study on the guinea-pig ileum," Arch Int Pharma, 257: 274, 1982.
Matricaria recutita and Valeriana officinalis are indicated in this category.
Altogether, the literature data are in accordance with a lack of genotoxic properties of preparations of Valeriana officinalis L.
The MAP stage 1 was initiated using pantethine 500 mg and choline bitartrate 2000 mg along with B complex twice daily, a botanical formula (two parts each Passiflora incarnata and Crataegus oxycantha, one part each of Valeriana officinalis and Leonorus cardiaca), 2 mL three times/day, and magnesium glycinate 480 mg/day.
Other species-rich paramo taxa, such as Valeriana, Gentianella, and Lupinus, are equally fascinating examples of adaptive radiation in the northern Andes (von Hagen & Kadereit, 2001; Bell & Donoghue, 2005; Hughes & Eastwood, 2006).
Anxiolytic effects of a combination of Melissa officinalis and Valeriana officinalis during laboratory induced stress.
Oriel Chavez, 22, of Eugene, and Valeriana Cervantes, 23, of Springfield.
A FOR the irritability and tension, I would suggest that you take the remedy Zincum Valeriana at a dose of 15 drops, twice a day, before meals and this should be of some help to you.
Can Valeriana officinalis root extract prevent early postoperative cognitive dysfunction after CABG surgery?